Matetsi River Lodge

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Luxury in Victoria Falls at Matetsi

For luxury accommodation in picturesque Victoria Falls look no further than the five-star Matetsi River Lodge ideally positioned on a sensational 55 000-ha private game reserve for that best-of-both-worlds safari to the adventure capital of South Africa. 

Find this bush mansion looming mysteriously from the banks of the Zambezi River in a grove of magical baobab trees, huge and ancient as they shield the lodge from the elements but add to the nature experience.  It’s a family-owned affair and boasts its own unique architecture in a pristine wilderness with river views. 

This was once an original old Zimbabwean destination and was redesigned and renovated to become this modern, glass-fronted eutopia for guests who like lavish accommodation incorporating sweeping views of the Zambezi valley towards Victoria Falls. 

All 18 suites (9 on either side of the main guest areas) feature huge glass windows, private decks with plunge pools, natural yet luxurious décor and furnishings plus indoor and outdoor showers, deep bathtubs, safes, tea and coffee-making facilities, minibars and more. Guests have everything they need at Matetsi River Lodge plus the option to get out and about on daily excursions to see the Falls, game view and hike!

Arrival at the lodge takes guests down some winding sandy pathways to the main areas complete with an open plan bar, lounge, and dining area overlooking this mind-blowing view that captivates the imagination for hours. The private River House is the central meeting point of the two sets of 9 chalets that line the river banks and culminate in the wine cellar which is also a toy museum!  Families can book this superb River house with its four bedrooms, own kitchen, large veranda with swimming pool, inside and outside dining areas and its own butler and game ranger!

Try a canoeing safari, fishing for Tigerfish and bream, and game drives to find the great herds of elephants, buffalo, sable, lion prides, solitary leopards and hyenas lurking and giggling. Professional guides share their passion for biodiversity on unforgettable safari walks, such a highlight at Matetsi.

Relax between all this outdoor fun at the scintillating infinity swimming pool that looks down over the river and find a pampering spa session that suits your needs or pop into the gym for a workout after all that delicious safari food going down every day! Matetsi River Lodge lies a mere 40km from the Falls itself so organise a day out for some bungee jumping, white water rafting and helicopter flips. 

Choose Matetsi in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe, for that unique and immersive wildlife experience if you want to connect with nature and experience the beauty of the surrounding landscape. With its commitment to sustainability, luxurious lodges and close proximity to Victoria Falls, Matetsi is the perfect destination for those seeking an unforgettable wildlife experience.



Voyage2Africa rates Matetsi River Lodge a high 10 out of 10 for everything that it showcases on the mighty Zambezi River just 40km from the magnificence of Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe. Yes, this safari lodge offers sweeping river views, excellent game drives with top, passionate guides, warm, personalised service and fantastic modern amenities.

Matetsi is indeed a highly acclaimed luxe safari lodge set on the banks of the Zambezi River near Victoria Falls – the recipient of multiple prestigious awards, including the best lodge in Africa. Among the many top-flight safari lodges in Victoria Falls, Matetsi wins many votes as the best safari lodge on the Zimbabwe side and one of the top safari lodges in the world. 

This idyllic river lodge offers spacious luxury pool suites in a spectacular riverfront location, warm personalized service delivered by an empowered staff, romantic riverside dining, and exceptional game drives on its own huge private game reserve – which sets it apart from the competition. 

Additional experiences include romantic sunset cruises on the Zambezi river as well as guided kayaking. From the greeting every time you arrive back at the lodge with warm or cool towels to wash off the dust and great smiles to the amazing food that seems to just keep coming and coming, all visitors love Matetsi.

Fantastic and delicious foods created by a genial chef stun all guests to this Zimbabwean lodge and the sunset cruise is not to be missed. Embark on a memorable river canoe trip with serene local guides who get you close to elephants and buck, birds and more.

Matetsi is a luxury game reserve near the gracious Vic Falls, Zimbabwe, covering some 38,000 ha and home to the Big 5 and much more biodiversity than anyone can imagine in the bush at one time. Enjoy stunning views and access to all things natural, fun and educational in Africa’s friendliest country, Zim.

Amazing Holiday Packages including Matetsi River Lodge

From $890



  • Game Drives
  • River Cruises
  • Walking Safaris
  • White-Water Rafting
  • Visit to Victoria Falls


  • Accommodation in Luxury Lodges
  • Game Drives and River Cruises
  • Walking Safaris
  • Meals and Local Drinks
  • Access to Cultural and Historical Attractions.

Woman viewing the Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe
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  • Spacious and Stylish Rooms
  • Restaurant with Locally-Sourced Dishes
  • Solar Power and Water Conservation
  • Game Drives and River Cruises
  • Walking Safaris


  • A comprehensive beauty boutique, a fitness studio, massage sala and boardroom cater for all guests
  • Jump into the crystal clear 20 m, infinity swimming pool along the riverbank and choose a fancy wine from the world-class wine cellar on eye level with the Zambezi 
  • Stunning Views of the Zambezi River in all directions, from private suites and also from the central wine cellar, swimming pool and restaurant
  • Game viewing is incredible as rewards are many in the form of predators, gorgeous scenery and fantastic guides passionate about their environment.

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